Why You'll Love This Place
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Redlands is a city that has always had its own, unique character, which derives in part from its distinctive buildings: one of the best-preserved collections of late 19th and early 20th-century architecture in all of Southern California.
So, a building has to be pretty special to stand out here. And stand out is exactly what the Mitten Building does.
Built in 1890, the brick structure not only has a fine looking exterior, it impresses on the inside as well. With its exposed rafters, beams and joists, and its stairs and banisters flying up and down each floor, the interior is a tumult of wood, an almost giddy exposition of the carpenter's art. It's the kind of place people love, because they're endlessly fascinated by all its nooks, angles, and wondrous lines.
And it's perfect for couples who prefer a venue with character and history. The current owners have lovingly restored the Mitten, wisely retaining the things that give the building its wonderful patina of age: the weathered beams, the heavy freight door that opens along an overhead metal track, and the original swaths of paint on some surfaces. They cleaned but did not alter the Mitten's sturdy brick walls, knowing how crucial they are to the building's feel. The bricks vary in color from gray, dusty pink, and fiery red to nearly maroon, while their textures range from baby smooth to worn and rough. If a building can have the equivalent of a beautifully aged human face, these walls are that.
The multilevel interior invites people to move around, explore, and mingle. Typically, the downstairs is set up as a reception area. Wrought-iron chandeliers descend from the Mitten's 50-foot ceiling, and garlands entwined with twinkle lights run along every rail and banister, creating a festive ambiance. Big windows set into the thick north brick wall admit a mellow northern light—the kind artists adore because of the way it complements everything it falls on. The mezzanine above has a beautiful narrow-slat maple floor, and its slender iron support beams are each flanked by two shiny brass lamps. Couples often wed on the upper level, head downstairs for their reception, then come right back up to dance away the evening.
The recently refurbished basement level is now a bar featuring turn-of-the-century dark wood cabinetry with inlaid detailing. Reminiscent of a speakeasy, it fits right in with the 1890s period when the building was constructed. On request, this space also serves as a groom's pre-ceremony getaway.
The Mitten Building's newest addition is the Summerbell Ballroom, which has a decidedly modern feel. Colored LED uplights transform the walls, and pinpoint lights overhead showcase each table's centerpiece. There's also a granite-topped bar, a dance floor, and a lounge section with a leather couch and bar tables. An adjoining patio, overlooking a lushly landscaped garden, lends itself well to outdoor ceremonies.
Since its restoration, the building has become a favorite among locals (and out-of-towners in the know!). Everyone who celebrates here owes a debt of gratitude to the visionaries who looked at this building with affectionate eyes, saw its magnificent possibilities, and brought it to life as a splendid event site.
Video by Pretty Branch Wedding Video.
Video by Billy Stuckman Films.
Video by KS Photos and Film.
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Video by Clarisse Rae Photo & Video.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of day
- Guest count
The rental fee includes:
- Four hours (Monday–Thursday) or five hours (Friday–Sunday) of exclusive rental time
- Two hours for vendor setup and decoration
- Complimentary favor & fabric table topper setup
- Assorted tables for cake, punch, bar and food service
- 60-inch round tables & natural wood chairs
- Linen tablecloths & napkins in your choice of color
Weekday weddings range $1,800–7,800.
Friday, Sunday, and Saturday afternoon weddings range $4,000–9,800.
Saturday evening & holiday weddings range $10,000–14,400.
- $700/event and up
Meals (when priced separately)
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 700.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Upper Level holds up to 400 seated guests. The new courtyard space seats 100.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The venue accommodates up to 700 seated or standing guests. The new Summerbell Ballroom and outdoor patio hold 30–225 seated or standing.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- Late Night
$ • $$
Year-round, daily until 1am.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Loft / Warehouse / Industrial
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: some provided, more CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra fee
Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided, more CBA
Parking: large lot and garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: cityscape, garden patio
Other: coordination available for fee
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: liability required
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